Picking a book that your kids love—and parents won’t mind reading a bajillion times—is a delicate art. Luckily, Parents magazine just released their annual selection of the best children’s books of 2018 and you’ll want to make room on your bookshelf for all of them.

Here are our picks of the best children’s book winners we love right now.

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Best Picture Book

My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach is a hilarious and sweet story all about caring for someone.

Best Book That Champions Kindness

Without a single word, Kerascoët's illustrations in I Walk With Vanessa highlight an act of kindness that even younger readers can understand.

Best Book to Read Together

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson is a thoughtful mystery that will keep you all guessing.

Best Early Reader

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick might be easy to read, but as readers of the The Invention of Hugo Cabaret author know, there’s nothing too basic about this curious tale.

Best Bedtime Story

At bedtime you want to snuggle down for a cozy, not-too-wild read that will send your little one off to dreamland—and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Star in the Jar by Sam Hay.

Best Gift Book

When you just can’t stand the idea of gifting yet another toy, wrap up a copy of Happy Birthday to You! by Nosy Crow.

And Even More...

For more best picks including Best Alphabet Book, Best Graphic Novel, Best Animal Facts and more, check out the full list of children's book winners at Parents.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Nicole de Khors via Burst

 

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